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by spanner
1 Oct 2012, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel truing - How much wobble is acceptable?
Replies: 11
Views: 2499

Re: Wheel truing - How much wobble is acceptable?

Check whether the cones need tightened slightly as this can give a false impression that the wheel is out of true also have you clipped a pothole recently? this could have put a slight twist in the wheel spindle and again this can give the wheel the appearance of being out of true a quick way to che...
by spanner
1 Oct 2012, 7:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain rubbing against pedal/front derraileur
Replies: 8
Views: 713

Re: Chain rubbing against pedal/front derraileur

I really don't know why I didn't try with one spacer beforehand :oops: But I think it'll be ok now, still a little rub in top gear but nothing like how it was before. Had to look up re-dish etc. as I had no idea what it meant, but I don't think I'll need to do anything like that. On another note, I...
by spanner
3 Jul 2011, 10:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First Wheel Building Experience
Replies: 84
Views: 170822

Re: First Wheel Building Experience

i learned with the alf webb/bike inn instructional video(NOW ON DVD) their method is for a rear wheel insert the gearside spokes first first set of nine in alternate spoke holes round the hub then lay one spoke across the hub and depending which side of the valve hole the spoke hole nearest to you i...
by spanner
3 Jul 2011, 8:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: headset press specification
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: headset press specification

i use a length of threaded rod two large sockets and two dished washers fit in the following order nut, socket dished washer upwards bottom cup then top cup dished washer dished side downwards socket and nut run the nuts up and then use two spanners ring spanners are best size 17mm and tighten the n...
by spanner
1 Jul 2011, 10:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain cleaning aid
Replies: 33
Views: 2877

Re: Chain cleaning aid

i coil the chain into a circle and put it in a plastic microwave meal tray(tesco microwave meals spag bol cottage pie etc) dont forget to give it a wash first to remove any food left stuck to the plastic or give it to the dog to lick clean(which is what i do) :oops: pour degreaser onto the chain and...
by spanner
1 Jul 2011, 4:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake puzzle
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Disc brake puzzle

Errrm, I did actually say it was a BB7 - famously cable operated :) but thanks for the thoughts, Spanner. I should also have said that it is a new unit, not much more than a month old and the cable was cleaned and lubed at the time of installation. I did wonder, at the time. if there could be a pro...
by spanner
30 Jun 2011, 11:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Simano Dynohub problems
Replies: 5
Views: 512

Re: Simano Dynohub problems

could be light rust on the magnet which is causing the problem might be worth riding the bike with the light on to encouragethe magnet to work thereby cleaning the rust off the magnet(same as disc brakes on a car which get light rust on them when it sits unused)
always worth a try
by spanner
30 Jun 2011, 11:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: new chainset,casette and chain for tourer
Replies: 7
Views: 614

Re: new chainset,casette and chain for tourer

ive just built up a dawes jaguar for which i bought parts for it last year but due to other bike "adoptions" it got put aside i bought a triple chainset from spa cycles and it was reasonably priced but what i found was that even though i used a triple axle (normal bb cups) the chainwheel w...
by spanner
30 Jun 2011, 11:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap Computers
Replies: 10
Views: 894

Re: Cheap Computers

ive got a lidl cycle computer fitted to my 1957 flying scot and havent had any problems with it only annoying thing i found was it has two set ups on it so that the same head can be used on two different bikes(ie a bike with 27" and a bike with 700c wheels) other than this its got 20 functions ...
by spanner
30 Jun 2011, 11:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Older (70's 80's) road wheels.
Replies: 14
Views: 1226

Re: Older (70's 80's) road wheels.

the suntour perfect 999 freewheel isnt a helicomatic freewheel it is removed with a suntour two peg remover remove the skewer and fit the remover then refit the skewer and put the wheel in a vice clamping the remover and turn the wheel anticlockwise if it slackens then goes tight slacken off the ske...
by spanner
30 Jun 2011, 10:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake puzzle
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Disc brake puzzle

just a suggestion but it could be that the inner pad is sticking slightly you could try taking the caliper off and taking the pads out and cleaning the area behind the pad which is sticking and applying a light smear of coppergrease to the back of both pads then refit the caliper and reset the adjus...
by spanner
11 Jun 2011, 10:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke Wars
Replies: 31
Views: 4171

Re: Spoke Wars

I have seen some amazing tolerances quoted for wheelbuilding. However the noticeable blip due to the join in the rim does tend to make a mockery of them. I've found that the best way to reduce this is by using a sharpening stone to smooth it down. in the wheel building dvd by bike inn alf webb cove...
by spanner
11 Jun 2011, 10:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Puncture or no puncture?
Replies: 20
Views: 985

Re: Puncture or no puncture?

a mate of mine brought me his nephews bike on which the tyres kept going flat he had pumped them up but stil wanted me to check the bike out rear wheel off tyre off tube out inflated tube tried it in water no bubbles so i removed the valve core to find that there was white gunge on the valve core an...
by spanner
3 Jun 2011, 8:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Machine vs hand built wheels
Replies: 68
Views: 11008

Re: Machine vs hand built wheels

You don't need Locktite if you have the spoke tension right i.e. high enough. Locktite is a hodge to make up for a poorly built wheel. I'll tell him you said that. in the dvd instructional video by bike inn (alf and theresa webb) there is no mention about stress relieving the spokes but it does sta...
by spanner
2 Jun 2011, 11:27pm
Forum: Stolen, Lost, Found, etc.
Topic: stolen Bromptons on eBay and Gumtree
Replies: 19
Views: 55164

Re: Stolen bikes on Gumtree!

I'm a keen cyclist living in Hertfordshire and recently had one of my bikes stolen from a double locked porch in front of my flat. The position is very well lighted and generally only frequented by owners/tenants and delivery people. Within 8 hrs the aforesaid bike turned up on Gumtree.com-- it was...